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Folx 5 Review: The only Mac Download Manager you ever need

15 May, 2020 Reviews

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Have you ever try to download large files from the internet and get stuck with the never-ending download process?


I know. All of us have been there. The best way to download really large files is to do it with a download manager. It allows you to download any kind of file without getting worried about the slow internet or file size.


For windows, we all know that IDM is the best solution as a download manager. But unfortunately, there wasn't anything like that for the Mac operating system before the Folx. It's a great app and the best alternative solution to download heavy files from the internet as well as the best uTorrent alternative for Mac.


Folx is in fact, primarily two software packed as one. It can act as an internet download manager as well as your torrent client for daily use. The downloader allows you to download any file of any size from the internet whereas the torrent client lets you search for torrents directly from the Folx interface.


In-built torrent search is a premium feature that comes with the pro version only. That means you don't have to access or search through multiple torrent trackers to find exactly what you need. Just type the keyword in the Folx search bar and it will present you the results extracted from multiple trackers supported by Folx.


It's a powerful, easy-to-use, and free download manager fully optimized for the latest macOS Catalina. The current version of the Folx app is 5 and requires at least macOS 10.9 or later to use.



Folx offers a true Mac-style interface, highly optimized for Retina display. Despite being free, it offers some heavy professional features of premium software. Folx is developed by Eltima Software, a global software development company, specializing in mobile and desktop software for Mac OS, Windows, Linux, and Android operating systems since the year 2000.


Folx has a sleek and very comprehensive design that remains easy to navigate despite being a full-featured software. Folx splits downloads into simultaneous threads to speed up the download process. It auto-resumes downloading in case the internet connection was broken and allows you to add new download tasks in several ways.


With the pro version, each download can split in up to 20 threads that make the whole file downloading process much faster. The overall downloading speed depends on your internet bandwidth as well.



With Folx you can tag your store downloaded files. The downloaded files are saved into folders according to the tags you have assigned. You can assign multiple tags to each download that makes it easier for you to identify the file in the future. As being a download manager, it allows you to manage your download files based on bandwidth allocation, priority, etc.


Folx is fully compatible with popular browsers like Safar, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome. You can configure Fox to catch download links in these browsers or you can install a special Folx extension that allows Folx integration into your browser's context menu. Once you have installed the extension, there will be new menus available to you - "Download with Folx", "Download All with Folx", and "Download Selected with Folx".

 

Folx understands the importance of security and privacy and therefor uses a proxy server that lies between your Mac and the internet. It offers other advantages like bandwidth saving for large networks or control of internet usage. You may also configure some proxy settings like proxy type, server name, etc.


Why you should buy the Folx Pro?


There is no restriction or limit on the number of downloads you can do with the free version. You can download and use the free version of Folx forever. However, if you need more advanced stuff like multi-threading, much faster downloading, music integration, smart speed adjustment, etc, you need to pay a very minimal price for the license.


The pro version comes with several premium features like multi-threading downloading, speed adjustment, creating an Apple Music playlist, etc. You can also download and save the videos being hosted on Youtube in video or mp3 format with the pro version.


With the pro version, you don't have to remember passwords for different websites and FTP servers. Folx pro offers a built-in password manager to safely store your password so you don't need to enter login credentials every time you are downloading from the website.


The fee comes in two variants - personal license ($19.95) and family pack ($39.95). You can get lifetime upgrades for just $9.95 and urgent support plan, in case you need it, for $15 per year.

 


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